An adventure fun day on Wimborne’s Minster Green in aid of the Minster Makes Music Appeal raised more than £3,000 for charity.
As well as stalls raising money for the Minster, several charities had fundraising stalls for their own good causes. These included Wimborne in Bloom, Friends of Victoria Hospital Wimborne and the Children’s Society.
The West Tower was open for visitors to view the ringing chamber, and organist Colin Davey played on the temporary organ.
Anthony Oliver the Minster press officer and one of the small group who organised the event said: “A fantastic day was had by all, the sun shone, there were smiling faces all round and the money flowed. A fundraising occasion full of happy people, glad of some freedom at last.”
Two of the highlights of the day were the teddy bear zip dive from the top of the West Tower down to the War Memorial on the green and the climbing wall much enjoyed by children and adults alike including both the rector and curate of the Minster.
The town mayor, Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb opened the day after being escorted down the High Street by Richard Rowland on the bagpipes and Mel Gudger, deputy town crier who gave an appropriate ‘shout’ on the green after the rector the Rev Canon Andrew Rowland had welcomed everybody. The Dorset Youth Marching Band under the direction of Simon Wheeler also provided music during the day.
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